Libby Denkmann

Senior Politics Reporter

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In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. I cut through the jargon and provide a “road map” for navigating our democratic process. My coverage aims to help you understand important elections, untangle policies that impact your life, and find ways to get your voice heard.

Stories by Libby Denkmann

Scabies has shown up at Victorville immigrant detention center

First chickenpox, now scabies at Victorville's federal prison, where thousands of immigrant detainees are being held.

Chickenpox case detected in immigrant detained at Victorville federal prison

More than 800 prison staff members at a federal facility in Victorville were notified this week that an immigrant detainee there has been diagnosed with chickenpox, according to a letter from the warden obtained by KPCC/LAist.

LA Supes vote to move ahead with new jail for mentally ill inmates

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move ahead with a $2.2 billion plan to demolish Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. and replace it with a 3,800-bed facility that will specialize in treating inmates with mental health problems.

The Bob Hope USO center at LAX is getting an upgrade

The Bob Hope USO center at LAX is about to get an upgrade. The new facility is in the base of the iconic Theme Building, more commonly known as the spaceship hovering in the center of the airport’s terminals.

Immigrant detainees begin arriving at the federal prison in Victorville

Immigration and Customs Enforcement began placing immigrants detained while crossing the border in federal prisons on Friday, marking the most wide-scale use of such facilities to house immigrants.

Were fears about major party lockouts real in California's top-two primary?

There was a lot of hand-wringing about California's top-two system heading into last night's primary election.  Both political parties feared getting shut out of races come November.

New program allows vets to use private medical care if VA too far

A new pilot program that could provide a glimpse into how private clinics may supplement VA care officially rolled out in the Antelope Valley on Thursday.

LA's veteran homelessness down 18 percent

The latest homelessness numbers are out, and there's some good news for veterans: the 2018 point-in-time count shows an 18% drop in L.A. vets living on the street.

How songwriting can mend the invisible wounds of war

'Why him and not me?' Writing songs helps vets process their invisible wounds in a program that pairs professional musicians with those who've served.

How connected do you feel to the military? We want to hear

There's a growing military-civilian divide. How connected do you feel to the armed forces? Tell us.

Vets are learning job skills bringing Henry IV to life in LA

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles is teaching veterans theater tech jobs skills while they work behind-the-scenes on the upcoming production of Henry IV.

Landlords are turning away vets with housing vouchers

In a hot Los Angeles rental market, landlords are turning away veterans with housing vouchers. And it's legal.

Brown water is flowing from Compton faucets — and there's no quick fix

Health officials say the discolored water is safe to drink. Residents want to know why they're paying for water they can't trust.

What you need to know in the free-for-all race to replace GOP's Issa

The race to represent California's 49th District in Washington, D.C. is hotly contested and tough to predict.

The VA wants to move a PTSD clinic. The vets are fighting back

Veterans in West LA see their PTSD clinic as their home. So why does the VA want to move it?